At Johnson & Johnson we believe that ordinary people have the power to do extraordinary things in caring for the health and well-being of others. Because of this, we are excited to introduce our inaugural Champions of Care program for employees. This program was created to identify and celebrate those Johnson & Johnson employees from around the world who best represent CARE INSPIRES CARE™ all over the world.
Champions of Care - US
Meet our Champion of Care US Winner, MARIA JARAMILLO from Houston, Texas and read Maria's inspiring story below which won her a trip to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ final match. An experience of a lifetime.
Maria is a dedicated teacher in an underprivileged Hispanic community and she makes a real difference in the lives of hundreds of her students by helping them achieve their goals despite the many hardships they have gone through.
A teacher for 11 years in the underprivileged Hispanic community where she grew up, Maria Jaramillo did not simply want to teach. She wanted to create real change by helping her students overcome their insecurities and develop the confidence, skillset and ambition needed to continue their studies in college. Maria credits her dedication to positively impact the lives of her students to her mother who did not have the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.
In a community where English is a second language, Maria focused on her students’ strengths and started an AP Spanish course and Spanish society where her students could earn college credit and learn skills that could be applied to their other course work. With Maria’s guidance and dedication to show them their potential, hundreds of students have excelled under difficult circumstances and have gone on to earn college degrees and follow their career dreams. Inspired by Maria, quite a few of her students have become teachers themselves. These former students now take part in an annual college career forum, talking to current students about the importance of education and giving back to the community.